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Configuration for ESX network cards in a N+1 network

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We have an N+1 network in place so basically failover switches.
I have a new ESX server and want to make it so the NICs on it are connected to different switches but also teamed so if a NIC or a switch goes down we'll still have connections.

I was thinking of teaming 0&1 and then connecting them into different switches.
The doing the same with 2&3.  There are some worries that because ESX teaming uses LACP that might cause problems if we dont configure the switches for this?

Any suggestions?
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The default load balancing policy is Route based on the originating virtual port ID for ESXi teaming, so unless you changed that you should not be using LACP.

You can use LACP, it is just not the VMware default. If you are using LACP on the switches, then you should adjust the teaming policy on your nic teaming accordingly (•Route based on an IP hash).

There's an interesting document here

Another very interesting site to learn more about network design for VMware is Kendrick Coleman's site
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